Zero-rating of mobile data. The time to act is NOW!

Zero-rate the content of public benefit organisations Mobile network operators must fulfil their legal obligations to zero-rate. Don’t let them leave South Africans on read. Zero-rating can help address inequality. South Africa, like many other nations, is grappling with how to bridge the digital divide, where unequal access to mobile internet and smartphones has significant […]

Hands-on Learning Issue 25

Through the newly rebranded edition of our Hands-on Learning publication developed in June 2023, we hope to play a helpful role in synthesising information from innovators and implementers in civil society, supporting them to share what they have learnt so that others are able to draw from and build on their experiences. Blended learning: When […]

Let’s close the food gap

Let’s close the food gap Find out how YOU can support this campaign at home We call on businesses and government to make nutritious food cheaper for poorer families One in five South African households don’t have enough food on the table, and times are getting tougher for poorer families. The consequence is a generation […]

Fellowships for social change

The Learning Lunch podcast explores ideas, approaches and social innovations – creating opportunity for non-profit organisations’ teams to discover what others are learning and space to reflect on what these insights might mean for their own strategy and programme implementation. Takeaways instructions Civil society organisations, in their form and function, are distinct from corporations and […]

Zero Stunting – Grow Great

Stunting is a silent epidemic that affects a quarter of South African children under the age of five. Caused by persistent under-nutrition, it hampers children’s cognitive and physical development, preventing them from reaching their full potential. A national campaign called Grow Great hopes to significantly reduce the occurrence of this preventable condition. This brief explores […]

Nourishing the future we want

Without proper nutrition, children will never learn – or earn – as much as they could have if they were nourished correctly in their first 1 000 days of life. There are simple ways we can start to tackle SA’s stunting crisis to help our children reach their full potential – and, in so doing, […]

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Time of opportunity and risk for the ECD Sector

The next five years are going to be exciting and challenging times for people committed to early childhood development (ECD).  Never before has the scientific evidence for ECD been so strong, and never before in South Africa has there been such strong political support to increase access to it.  For the two-thirds of children under […]

The amazing potential of young children to change South Africa

We have had various requests to share this presentation which illustrates that our strongest strategy to change the future of South Africa is by investing in and nurturing young children.  Note that it is a  Powerpoint presentation of approximately 30 minutes that has been converted into a video in order to include narration.  If you […]